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EconoPower: How a New Generation of Economists is Transforming the World

EconoPower: How a New Generation of Economists is Transforming the World

Mark Skousen, Art Laffer (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-04512-1

Jan 2011

272 pages



EconoPower will provide you with a firm understanding of the influence of modern economics and how it can be used to improve the world we live in. It offers practical advice on numerous personal financial matters—earning, saving, investing, and retiring—based on the breakthrough contributions of behavioral economists. And it looks at how economists are working successfully on issues such as public education, crime, and global warming. EconoPower also examines how a new economic philosophy may dominate the new millennium.

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: A Golden Age of Discovery 1

Part One: Personal Finance: Earning, Saving, Investing, and Retiring 15

Chapter 1: Economist Discovers a Painless Way to Triple Your Savings Rate: The $90 Billion Opportunity 17

Chapter 2: Modern Portfolio Theory: Can You Beat the Market? 25

Chapter 3: Yes, You Can Beat the Market . . . with Less Risk 31

Chapter 4: High-Return Investing: Lessons from Yale's Endowment Fund 41

Chapter 5: How Chile Created a Worker-Capitalist Revolution 47

Chapter 6: The Call for Social Security Reform 53

Chapter 7: $4,000 a Month from Social Security? 57

Chapter 8: How the Private Sector Solved Its Own Pension Crisis 61

Chapter 9: The Four Sources of Happiness: Is Money One of Them? 65

Part Two: Economists Enter the Corporate Boardroom 69

Chapter 10: Improving the Bottom Line with EVA 71

Chapter 11: How Ludwig von Mises Helped Create the World’s Largest Private Company 75

Part Three: Solving Domestic Problems 81

Chapter 12: Look, Ma’am, No Traffi c Jams! 83

Chapter 13: Patient Power: The New Consumer-Driven Medical Plan 93

Chapter 14: Back to Basics: Competition Enters the Classroom 103

Chapter 15: Chicago Gun Show 107

Chapter 16: Economists Catch Auction Fever 113

Chapter 17: If You Built It Privately . . . They Will Come: The Economics of Sports Stadiums 125

Chapter 18: Who Is Henry Spearman? Economics of the Mystery Novel 131

Part Four: Solving International Problems 135

Chapter 19: Eco-nomics Debate: Angry Planet or Beautiful World? 137

Chapter 20: The Population Bomb: Economists Enter the Malthusian Debate 143

Chapter 21: A Private-Sector Solution to Extreme Poverty 147

Chapter 22: Poverty and Wealth: India versus Hong Kong 153

Chapter 23: How Real Is the Asian Economic Miracle? 157

Chapter 24: Whatever Happened to the Egyptians? 163

Chapter 25: The Irish Economic Miracle: Can We Grow Faster? 167

Chapter 26: The Marginal Tax Revolution: The Laffer Curve Goes Global 171

Chapter 27: The Debate over Economic Inequality: The Rich Get Richer, and the Poor Get . . . 177

Chapter 28: One Graph Says It All: The Development of the Economic Freedom Index 185

Chapter 29: Amazing Graph: Economists Enter Sacred Ground 197

Chapter 30: Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men: The Case for Religious Competition 201

Part Five: Predicting the Future 205

Chapter 31: New Yale Forecasting Model: Has the Irving Fisher Curse Been Lifted? 207

Chapter 32: Forecasting Elections: Economists Do It Better! 213

Chapter 33: What Drives the Economy and Stocks: Consumer Spending or Business Investment? 217

Chapter 34: The Midas Metal: A Golden Comeback 225

Chapter 35: Is Another Great Depression Possible? 233

Chapter 36: Today’s Most Influential Economist? 239

Chapter 37: Economics for the 21st Century 243

Notes 247

About the Author 265

Index 267